Thursday, January 31, 2013

Deloitte Accounting Professorship

MTSU’s Zeta Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), international accounting honorary organization for accounting students, held a special meeting on January 22. The chapter had invited the accounting faculty to attend to introduce themselves, and candidates for membership from fall 2012 were initiated. The highlight of the meeting was the announcement by Deloitte, one of the “Big 4” CPA firms in the United States, of its new Deloitte Foundation Professorship at MTSU. In attendance were five partners and directors from the firm’s Nashville office:

  • Jim Biagini, a director with the Deloitte Tennessee audit practice, who has more than 22 years of experience in accounting and auditing. He received his accounting education from MTSU, and he is a BAP chapter past president.
  • Donald Fields, an advisory director with the Deloitte Tennessee advisory practice, specializing in risk controls and consulting. He holds an MBA degree from the MTSU Jones College of Business.
  • Kevin Moore, a partner with Deloitte and the professional practice director of the Deloitte Tennessee audit practice. He has nearly 30 years of experience in accounting and auditing and is a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Tom Walker, an audit partner in the Nashville practice. He is an MTSU graduate and has been a partner for almost 20 years. He is a past member of the MTSU Accounting Advisory Board.
  • Lisa Nix, a managing director with Deloitte’s national Life Sciences & Health Care mergers and acquisitions transactions services practice. She has over 20 years of public accounting experience and over 10 years of experience leading the health care services teams for strategic and financial buyers. She is an MTSU graduate and past president of the BAP chapter. A member and past chair of the Accounting Advisory Board, she heads its Board Development Committee.

Deloitte's Lisa Nix, right, recognizes
Terry Ward, past holder of the
Deloitte Foundation Professorship.
Nix introduced Paula Thomas as the new holder of the Deloitte Foundation Professorship. Thomas has taught at MTSU for more than 25 years and is past chair of the Department of Accounting. She is from Fayetteville, Tennessee, and earned her D.B.A. from Mississippi State University in 1988.

Nix also recognized the past holder of the Deloitte Foundation Professorship, Terry Ward, who has taught at MTSU for over 18 years. From Blackberry Creek, Kentucky, Ward received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1991. He held the professorship from its creation in 2006 to 2012.

Paul Thomas, left, named holder of the Deloitte Foundation Professorship, 
talks to Deloitte's Jim Biagini, center, and Tom Walker.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Career Tuesday

The first in a new series called Career Tuesday will be held on Tuesday, February 5, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the SunTrust Room (in lobby area of BAS North). Refreshments will be served.

The company taking part in our first event is Nissan. Tim Fallon, an MTSU alum, will be representing the company. Topics of discussion will include:
• Nissan’s culture
• The hiring process
• Typical career paths
• Expectations for high performing employees

Drop by as you can - hope to see you there!

Planning in Middle Tennessee

Tennessee's Business 

Tennessee's Business magazine on planning in middle Tennessee features articles on Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, and Williamson counties as well as the city of Columbia. Cumberland Region Tomorrow articles explain collaborative planning efforts in the region.

[table of contents]

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Earnings Widen between College and High School–Only Grads

"In Tennessee, for example, the median income for a worker with a bachelor's degree ($43,804) is 71 percent higher than for a worker with only a high school diploma ($25,540)."

— Nashville Business Journal [read more]

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Philosophy of Leadership

From the Economist:

"In this humility-driven vision of leadership, business schools need to shift their centre of gravity away from economics, finance and dreams of individual fortune. We need to teach future leaders to reflect and critique—that there are alternatives to theories that they accept, without question, because they speak to their self-interest.

The main challenge is how to reflect this in the MBA. Two strategies are possible...." [see article]